Linnell on Varley

“Poor Varley. What a lesson his life afforded to show how little a fine generous and impulsive temperament though connected with much knowledge of art, and science and of life could enable a man without wisdom to conduct his affairs to a happy issue. Varley though always calculating nativities could never calculate probabilities, his wishes were his guides and he profited scarcely at all by experience and put implicit confidence in the most treacherous and crafty people… All his acquaintances benefitted by his generous activity to serve them and no one more perhaps than myself. It was extraordinary how easily Varley acquired a larger and valuable professional connection among the nobility and others and how ready he was to recommend to their notice and employment his brother artists …Most of my best connections and friends came through Varley”

John Linnell's Autiobiographical notes, f.59-63


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